Dion Sims to Dolphins: How Does the TE Fit with Miami?

Alessandro Miglio@@AlexMiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - AUGUST 31: Dion Sims #80 of the Michigan State Spartans makes a fourth quarter catch behind the defense of Jeremy Ioane #10 of the Boise State Broncos at Spartan Stadium on August, 2010 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 17-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins finally took a skill player when they nabbed Dion Sims with their second pick in the fourth round.

Addressing the tight end position was popular among mock drafters heading into the draft, and the word on the street was that Miami would have selected Tyler Eifert had they stuck with the No. 12 pick.

Sims is no Eifert, but he brings plenty to the table. At 6'5" and 262 pounds, he can certainly eat up space over the middle.



The Michigan State product is viewed as a blocking tight end.

While he is a good blocker, he brings more than that to the table. Rob Gronkowski is an excellent blocking tight end after all.

That is not to say Sims will be the next Gronkowski—that would be a ludicrous prediction—but he does bring pass-catching skills along with his blocking prowess.

Here is what Bleacher Report's Sigmund Bloom had to say:

Sims was able to attack the seam in college and his ability to compete for high passes, along with his toughness and size, make him an excellent target over the middle. He understands how to sit down in zone coverage and come back to the quarterback when the play in extended.

Sims is surprisingly explosive going up for a high pass and can snag them out of the air like a wide receiver. His leap timing and body control are both outstanding in these situations when you consider that he is 6'5", 262 pounds. Sims is not great otherwise at making tough adjustments to the ball in flight because of his body type.

His underrated skills in the passing game could give him an early edge with the Dolphins at the position.


Roster Fit

Dustin Keller was signed to a one-year deal to be Miami's starter. There will be a fight behind him on the depth chart.

Charles Clay figures to have that second tight end spot sewn up, but he is more of an H-back than a traditional TE2. Michael Egnew was taken in the third round of last year's draft, but his rookie season was foreboding—he is in serious danger of being cut if Sims pans out.


Early Projections

The former Spartan has a shot to contribute in the red zone as a big target. If he can grab that second spot on the depth chart, he will put up a touchdown or two but not a ton of overall stats.

If he works out long-term, however, he could have some decent statistics as the No. 1 tight end.

Here are his statistics from his time at Michigan State.

Year Rec Yds Avg TD
2009 11 133 12.1 3
2011 12 99 8.3 3
2012 36 475 13.2 2
Career 59 707 12 8

If he takes a bit longer to develop, however, then we shouldn't expect much from him as a rookie outside of some special teams contributions.

After all, Jeff Ireland said it usually takes two or three years to develop a tight end.


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